Originally published in Japanese, Which Is Round? Which Is Bigger? is a simple yet unexpected book that gets kids to think out of the box, and demonstrates that there can be more than one answer to a question.
Museums can seem somewhat stuffy to children, particularly since most museum-goers are pretty serious-looking people; also, there are many stifling rules that one must comply with, such as the fact that, usually, no one is allowed to touch any of the expensive exhibits — especially not curious and rambunctious children.
In Arlo’s ARTrageous Adventure!, the eponymous protagonist reluctantly follows his grandma to the art museum. As his grandma talks him through the proper etiquette and brings him around the museum, Arlo allows his imagination to run wild. Suddenly, the exhibits become a lot more exciting…
Like the other book by the same illustrator, What Is Part This, Part That?, Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? is a very engaging book that has been creatively conceptualised and presented using colourful illustrations, rhyming text and fold-outs.
This time, as the title suggests, the book tries to get the reader to think about the things that can grow vs. those that cannot — which is also a simple way to differentiate between living and non-living things.
For kids who have mastered the alphabet and know some basic facts about the common animals, the usual alphabet and animal books can be a tad too simple and boring. For them, Q Is for Duck will be a wonderful book that aims to get them to think out of the box and make connections between words.